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Jim Valvano was a very inspirational coach and person. Jimmy V was not only a successful coach, but a successful person. All of Jim Valvano's players had much respect for him because he put their lives ahead of his own. Jim cared about his players and how they ran their lives. Jimmy was always willing to help his players and others in the community. Jim Valvano is a great role model, and we can all learn how to become a better person by learning from his actions.

Below are ten famous quotes that Jim Valvano spoke, and meant. These quotes can help us to become not only better people, but better role models to the younger generation.


How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It's up to you to decide what to do with them.

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.

But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

Be a dreamer. If you don't know how to dream, you're dead.

I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.

Don't give up, don't ever give up.

No matter what business you're in, you can't run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn't matter how many games you've won.

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

It's so important to know where you are

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.